Exploring the Waters of Mt Hood National Forest – Pt 1- Trillium Lake

The Gorge is well known for windy, hot days, celebrated conditions for wind surfers and kite boarders. For paddlers, this can mean tough afternoons fighting the whitecaps and westward winds. At WhatSUP Kayaking, we believe that there’s never a good reason to not paddle, so when the winds are howling, we take our stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to other waterways in the Gorge.

Our most recent adventure dove deep into the semi-wilderness, yet easily accessible, not-so-secret, Mount Hood beauty, Trillium Lake. We brought one of our demo Slingshot SUPs, the inflatable Crossbreed, and had no trouble transporting and carrying the durable, light-weight boards down the short forest trail to the lake. Trillium Lake was hopping when we arrived, but the surrounding forest and outlets of the lake allowed us to find some peaceful exploration.

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Erin easily carrying her Slingshot Crossbreed SUP through the forest.

From hoards of young ducklings, to Great Blue Heron sightings, Trillium provided an incredible look at the local wildlife. Not to mention an unbelievable landscape, with Mount Hood towering over the lake, reflected in the glassy surface.

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Ducklings following their mother around the lake.

 

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The Great Blue Heron, preening himself.

After exploring the lake, chasing ducklings, smelling the cow lilies (also called Spatterdocks) protruding from the depths of the lake and watching the heron clean himself, we finally got around to one of the best lake SUPing activities: play.

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We practiced pivot turns until we were dizzy and falling off the board. We delved into the fun and challenge of SUP yoga (warrior two proved most difficult!). And maybe best of all, after a busy weekend, we laid in the sun, floating around the lake on our boards.

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Justin working on his pivot turn.

Trillium Lake is a fantastic destination for beginner anglers looking to catch a rainbow trout, families looking to enjoy some time in nature together, weekend warriors looking for a great adventure, or paddlers trying to escape the wind.

At WhatSUP Kayaking, we want to help EVERYONE get out on the water! Stop by to check out our tour of the day, often to Wells Island or another beautiful spot close by, or rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak to take on your own adventure. There’s plenty to do around the Gorge, and we can’t think of any excuses not to get out and explore!

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The incredible, towering Mt. Hood view.

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